Weekly economic update for April 17, 2023

Weekly economic update for April 17, 2023

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • The CPI rose 0.1% and core CPI increased 0.4% in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found.
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand fell 0.5% in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
  • Wholesale sales rose 0.4% in February compared with January, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims rose by 11,000 to 239,000 in the week ended April 8, 2023, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of April 6, of the 18 S&P 500 Index companies reporting first-quarter earnings, 16 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased slightly in March.


  • Eurostat reported euro area retail sales fell by 0.8% in February compared with January.
  • Eurostat found euro area industrial production grew by 1.5% in February compared with January.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose.


  • High energy prices, worsened by the Russia-Ukraine War, increase the risk of stagflation and recession, even as central banks seek monetary policy normalization.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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